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to the Editor
This was a super informative issue. Your column on
Nightmare really hit home. It CAN and WILL happen unless we all do
something about it. And I certainly don’t mean make your
whifflehound go one place higher in the ratings.
I’ve lived this
nightmare. Never leaving the house, behind locked gates between the
hours or 8 AM and 5 PM, the hours Animal Control worked: Having my
yards divided by privacy fence and never putting out any dogs that
could be identified. At that time I had smooth Collies and Smooth
Fox Terriers. Visible in the right yard was a smooth collie, sable,
and a tan and white FT, in the left side was a different Smooth
collie, also sable, and a different Smooth Fox. There was a 4 dog
limit. I had over 10. AC checked the ads and the local training
classes. That was in California and more and more laws have been
passed and are being passed almost daily. I left there 26 years
ago and have never missed it. It is not a pleasant way to live.
Which of your dogs do you choose to give up? Be vigilant.
Camera Handy: Can you find out what rights we
have if some one shows up at our door with a warrant or just shows
up wanting to see our dogs? Step by step, like step one - call a
lawyer. Do we have to let them in and what can we do to keep them
out if any thing? What is best? Do we just sign our dogs over? I
think not! If they do have a warrant do we have to let them on our
property or can we make them wait until a lawyer can get there?
I keep my camcorder charged so if they do show up I can film what my
cages look like and how much food they have, ect. I want my own
record of what happened. I plan on calling every one I know to come
and be a witness to what is going on. Is this a good plan? Every one
should have a step-by-step printed plan hanging on the wall so you
will know what to do if they do show up because you will not be
thinking clearly when they do. What are our rights as home owners? Chiwawa Mama
Excellent Advice! Your legal rights will vary from state to state as
regards illegal search and seizure and property rights (another
reason our pets must legally be property). It would be well worth a
$100 consultation fee with a local attorney regarding what you can
and should do, and you should establish a relationship with a local
lawyer – just in case. Due to national AR action, breeders who are
not at fault in any way can still expect harassment. Hopefully our
attorney-readers can respond with general advice.
forum, any subject,
just keep it short! Send
to the Editor
Are you dog people??? Or Animal rights activist??? Spewing hearsay
and PETA, HSUS rhetoric. All over that dog press online blog. I am
sure you idiots really believe all Commercial breeders are some bad
example of the term PUPPY MILL. I walked in your world before I
walked in this one. I will say in all honesty . More animal neglect,
Bad breeding, and abuse happen viva show breeders then commercial
breeders. I witnessed more disturbing things as a show person then I
do as a USDA Broker. I have walked into many commercial kennels.
seen their puppies and adult dogs. Your slandering of an industry
that is related to your hobby is idiotic and self destructive. If
you had half a brain you would remove all AR induced Puppy Mill
articles from your web site.
We are dog people; pet owners, show breeders. Of course we are not
AR activists; that question reveals your lack of familiarity with
TheDogPress. Your comments would have been taken more seriously if
they were based on knowledge rather than defense of puppy mills or
commercial breeders, either of which generally produce puppies
without regard for things like breed standards, genetic health and
temperament. There are exceptions among commercial and backyard
breeders just as there are exceptions among show breeders.
We will publish your rant because it represents the ignorance that prompts such emotional responses. I have seen
undercover (network) video of USDA brokers in action. I’m sure not
all are so callous and uncaring so I’ll grant you far more respect
than you grant us. In fact, if you would like to send a thoughtful
article representing your “industry” we would be happy to review it.
USDA Broker Objects 2/26 (before HEADlines): remove my
email address ASPA I did not give you permission to post that.
You may leave it as an anonymous post but remove any contact to me.
Okay, we removed the link from his/her email addy but for the
record, we welcome your comments so if you DO NOT WANT THEM USED,
please so state. Otherwise, according to the policy stated on
this page and elsewhere on the site, we may think your email is
worth sharing with readers.
Judge Bores Club:
I have been around long enough to be a judge, a delegate, and active
member of two clubs. I always do a synopsis report of the delegate
meetings that I attend on my own expense account but when it involves
legislation or what HSUS is doing, the members become restless.
They pretend avid interest in case they might show to me but one board
member was filing her nails and people sitting in the front were talking
to each other when I gave my last report. I can therefore
appreciate the difficulty you have in getting your readers to pay
attention. However I thought you should know that several people
were talking about the nightmare story this weekend and another judge
mentioned it to me at lunch. So it was read but it is shameful if
that is the only way to get the fancy's attention. You can use
this but do not use my name. Thank you for giving space to
legislative problems and for a well done article. (name withheld)
AKC credibility: Standing outside the issue, my personal view is that if the AKC wants to
gain creditability with its members, it must address the problems that
exist as a result of puppy mills and the organizations that are enabling
their existence. When Rescues purchase overstock puppies and old, sick,
unproductive female dogs, they are participating in the promotion of
are the people who raise AKC registered puppies going to be able to sell
a single dog if this issue is not dealt with properly? AKC seems to be
passing the buck, blaming other groups that register purebreds. Then it
also seems that AKC would
gladly register all dogs - period.
non-profit should be competing with taxpaying business groups and remain
the bank that issues the credit card is shortchanging the people who buy
the bank’s stock or do business with the bank. Non-profits SHOULD NOT
operate in the commercial arena.
not believe in the policy of "IF YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM, JOIN THEM." So, I
would like to see Wayne Pacelle’s HSUS just GO AWAY! And the same goes
for PETA - so I guess you can see where I stand. NELL
note: Great point and little by little, clubs and rescue groups
understand it is hopeless because every saved dog such as you’ve
described stimulates the business to procure and abuse even more.)
happened twice to my dogs in the show ring. Blue ribbons given
for each class but Winners Dog withheld. No dog disqualified.
Once about 20 years ago and then last dog show season to my
puppy. You really feel cheated. I don't mind losing for a good
reason but why place a dog as winner of his class and then
with hold winning in the final class. Did the blue ribbon mean
nothing? The first Judge told me to bring my puppy back when
he matured. Did she think he would mature nicely? He was in
puppy class not Open Class. I would rather the Judge tell me
what they didn't like about my dog and not give me a blue
ribbon. It is like a slap in the face to be teased into
thinking your dog might win a point and then no dog wins any
points. Last year, the handlers outside the ring could not
believe the Judge withheld Winners. I had to go back and asked
the Judge why. I think if the Judge is going to with hold
winners without disqualifying the dogs, they should at least
tell each dog handler in the ring why. As you said, a lot of
money is spent showing your dog and you at least deserved to
know why. Ann Robbins
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